A Relaxing Break In Rural Suffolk

Why not follow in the footsteps of one of England’s most admired artists and visit the region which inspired so much of Constable’s spectacular works?

Are you looking for a breath-taking escape for your next holiday? How about Constable country in rural Suffolk? The area is lovingly named after the artist John Constable who was born in the Stour Valley in 1776 and spent his life painting the villages and scenery near his home and to which he felt a strong affinity. Art enthusiasts amongst you may be familiar with some of his most famous paintings, including Dedham Vale and The Hay Wain.

Much of Constable Country still looks strikingly similar to the scenery in the paintings, so if you are a fan of these works, you’ll feel a particular joy when you amble across a familiar scene. However, you don’t need to know anything about art to enjoy a visit to the area – when you arrive here, you’ll realise that there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the world.

Dog Walking

Of course, you can’t come to a location such as Constable Country and leave your dog behind. The region is a walker’s delight, with a wide variety of trails available depending on how much of a challenge you’re looking for. A pet friendly cottages Suffolk provider explains that The Essex Way and the Stour Valley Path are the two main long distance paths running through the area, but there are also multiple shorter circular routes which will allow you to see the highlights of the area, perhaps taking in Willy Lott’s house or else Flatford Mill.  

Golfing Holiday

If golf is your thing, then you’ll want to visit The Stoke By Nayland Hotel which offers two championship golf courses, as well as spa facilities including a pool. You might start the day by hitting a few balls on the range, perhaps taking a private golf lesson or even having a go in the golf simulator before heading out onto either the Gainsborough or the Constable courses which are both based around scenic woodland, lakes and pretty streams.

Biking Around Constable Country

Cyclists will love the freedom of taking a ride through Constable Country. And if you’re an artist yourself, then you could combine your two passions by taking along your paintbrush and cycling The Painter’s Trail. This is a 69 mile long trail through the Dedham Vale, crossing the River Stour and following the valley down to the estuary near Manningtree. There are plenty of farms and public houses along the way where you can stop for refreshments or stock up on traditional local produce.

Constable Country By Boat

If you prefer the idea of a relaxing boat ride in this picturesque location, then Dedham Vale River Trips are available from Dedham Lock either as a non-landing return trip or else a one-way boat trip enabling you to get off and enjoy a walk before returning later in the day.

If you’re ready to walk in Constable’s footprints and marvel at the scenery that was the driving passion behind his many artistic creations, then now is the time to book your trip to rural Suffolk!